How Stockholm offices are designed to increase employee well-being

Although we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, it is only recently that the health and well-being effects of our social and physical environments have become a major concern for property developers.

How Stockholm offices are designed to increase employee well-being

In Stockholm, interest in mindful design has surged in the last decade, and many major developers have begun connecting quality of life with sustainable growth. The booming trend is not only making well-being a design priority and important measure of sustainability – it is making both companies and employees demand life-enhancing offices.

“Today, we see a megatrend in Sweden, and in Stockholm especially, where more and more companies come to the realization that the office environment they offer their employees is a matter of competitive advantage on par with factors such as paycheck and employee benefits,” says Filip Elland, Sustainability Manager at Castellum.

Human-centric offices and residential buildings are becoming more common in Stockholm, and have culminated in Stockholm's first rooftop 'meeting place' at Sveavägen 44 as well as some of the world's first outdoor offices.

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This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Invest Stockholm.


Wellbeing is up in Italy despite economic troubles, study finds

Italians are feeling better overall despite struggles with job insecurity and poor work-life balance, according to new figures.

Wellbeing is up in Italy despite economic troubles, study finds
Biking around Italy's Lake Garda. Photo: Depositphotos

Italians are famed for having a supposedly relaxed and healthy lifestyle. And new figures released by national statistics bureau Istat on Thursday show that Italians' wellbeing is actually on the increase.

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“Over the last year the indicators report an improvement in wellbeing,” the national statistics agency said in its latest annual BES report.

The report aims to look beyond the usual GDP-based economic picture of how Italy is progressing, by considering economic, social and environmental phenomena.

“Over 50 percent of the 110 comparable indicators have registered an improvement,” ISTAT said.

Fruit for sale at a market in Rome. Photo: AFP

Two in five Italians reported “high levels of satisfaction” with their lives, and overall subjective perceptions of wellbeing had increased by 1.8 percent overall since last year, Istat found.

Italians are also feeling more positive, the study found, with the number of people describing themselves as “optimistic” increasing by 1.8 percent and the number of self.confessed pessimists dropping by two percent.

Istat said the biggest increases in wellbeing were registered in parts of northern Italy, while the lowest scores were found in the centre-south.


In the south, reported levels of satisfaction with life were on average around 12 percent lower compared to the North.

The study noted that the wellbeing index was pushed down by economic factors in many areas, particularly by unemployment, job insecurity, and issues with work-life balance.